The Crazy Before the Storm

As told by John Barros:

It is getting crazy down here in Florida. Some people are fighting for food, gas, and water, and others are in just as much of a hurry to kill their babies before Hurricane Irma gets here.

I don’t even know how many people came down here today but was so blessed to serve with Pastor H.P., Pastor David, and Karen.

God really moved here today. The blinds were open with folks looking out through the preaching. Four ladies left this dump. One young lady Karen worked with went to Choices and there had a negative pregnancy test but will be returning. I always wonder if abortion mills do an abortion even if someone isn’t pregnant. Who would know?

There was a Hindu couple that came out. She changed her mind and the guy wasn’t too happy about it. He turned and snarled at Pastor H.P. as they went to the back. They sat out there talking at length. Then they pulled up and the guy that was snarling was now smiling and waving at us.

There was one crazy thing down here today. During the preaching a young man named Yari walked up to the sidewalk. He asked H.P. what was going on here. H.P. explained everything and then Yari got upset. He said his sister was inside. His Mom and Dad had asked Yari to wait at the end of the street in the car. These people were in Florida on vacation. They are from an island country called Mauritius. The girls’ parents and boyfriend were crazy. I couldn’t believe 16-year-old Yari even belonged with them. When they were done they sat across the street on the curb for about 45 minutes eating with the boyfriend actually dancing a bit. It was a very strange family.

So many people getting highly upset with this hurricane on the way. I’m starting to wonder if more people are going to die from the storm prep than the actual storm…
Prayers are appreciated.

Ministry On the Street

As told by John Barros:

I don’t even know where to start. So blessed to have some of the students from Reformation Bible College join us. Chelsea brought some of the first-year gang down here. These kids are wonderful. Bringing the theology they learn out to the street. Isaac, Cody, Graham, and Sionna represent our future.

First thing this morning a young Columbian lady came for an abortion. Beth tried to speak with her but she only spoke Spanish. We were able to get Yolie on the phone. She spoke with her at length. The young lady went inside but came out shortly and left. Yolie will be glad to hear this. She wishes she could be here but hasn’t been able to for health reasons.

During the preaching we had a few turnaways that were pretty solid. Then there was a couple that pulled up front. She went inside but he stayed in the car out front during the kids’ awesome singing and the preaching. He began screaming like nothing I have ever heard. His windows were up but it was crazy. After the RBC kids went back to school he put his window down and Karen spoke with him. He still stayed there but then when the preaching began again she came running out the door and got in the car. They sat there thinking and talking. Then they started the car and began waving with huge smiles. It was awesome.

Another young lady came and took info from Karen. She changed her mind and will be going to First Life tomorrow morning.

So much other ministry on the street. Pastor Dan worked with a young man as well as calling out here. Chelsea witnessed to a guy and prayed with him. We met a young lady that had been raped but is keeping her baby. The Beast didn’t get here till after 2:00 so the Lord provided us so much more time. When people have God’s Word banging around and inside them for 6 hours, things happen.

All for the Money

As told by John Barros:

It was so horrible down here today. Just one of those crazy dark days. First thing this morning, Gabriel and Helen from last Wednesday showed up. Gabriel hit the driveway at about 25 mph and got Helen inside as fast as he could.
After everyone was inside, I began to preach. Half way through, Helen came outside. She was upset walked up to me and took my hand. She came up with so many stories as to why she had to do this and of course the date rape story was long forgotten. Now it was that she had an amnio test and her baby was autistic.

Helen asked me to stop preaching because it was upsetting to her and everyone inside. She thanked me for trying and everyone inside acknowledged the truth of what was being preached but they all “had to” do this. I touched her belly and it was so warm and firm. Her baby is 21 weeks now. I asked if she would pray with me and she said yes. She burst into tears as we prayed and then Gabriel and the workers inside realized what was going on and came running out to get her. As she was going inside, I said “All they want is your money. We just want to give to you.” Then she turned back and said something I have only heard a few times here. She said “No, John they aren’t charging me.”

I have had them call back clients that have left after talking over the years and the clients have told me their abortion was greatly discounted or free. They must have called Helen back after leaving last week. Last Wednesday they were going to charge her $2,000 and then today free? It is so crazy around here.

These workers are getting so aggressive lately. Literally trying to drag people that are on the porch listening back inside. The guy that runs these places told me he had to let one of their “counselors” go. He said “She was listening to you too much and was letting too many get away. We can’t have that, John.” Then he began to tell me that I’ve been poking the beast for too long and the beast is about to rise against you. He asked how I’ve lived so long being out here. I told him the Lord protects me and will continue to.

Please continue to pray.

In Times of Brokenness

As told by John Barros:

Well a couple of days away from Father’s Day, we got to see two guys become men and lead their ladies away from this dump.

So blessed to have several people come to serve throughout the day. This morning Matt, Nancy, Charmaine, Beth, and Pastor Dan joined us. Rebecca comes by everyday to pray for us on her way to work. She is such a blessing. Well today we also had A surprise visit from Sarah.

It was pretty slow today; only seven came down. During the preaching that was pretty heavy on fatherhood and Father’s Day, two men led their ladies out. One of them was an Air Force member. After the preaching a precious lady came out said “Thank you” and told us she will be keeping her baby. It was wonderful.

After everyone left but Karen and I, Michelle arrived. We called out to her and she stopped before going in. She came out and spoke to Karen. It didn’t take long before Michelle broke down in tears and fell into Karen’s arms. We got her to come sit on the wall. Karen spent hours loving on her. Michelle is in a rough spot with some loser that she lives with. She just lost her job and everything looks bad in her eyes. The Lord turned her heart though. She really doesn’t know who God is. She learned as much as you can at an abortion clinic and chose life. She is going to go to First Life tomorrow. After we had a time of prayer something so beautiful happened. Michelle gave Karen a gift. She gave her a ring that has the Lord’s Prayer on it. Karen is strong and doesn’t get very emotional here but boy this was something else. Karen kept saying “No, you need to keep it.” But Michelle insisted. There were lots of tears and hugs down here. God is so good.

Many people only go to abortion mills during what they call “killing times.” The hour or two when people come for abortions. That really is a mistake because people come throughout the days for information, etc.
There was another cool thing that happened today. A guy drove up and said his girl is now pregnant. He said she told him to drive down here and get the info we pass out so she could get help. She wants to keep her baby.
Thank you all for praying.

God’s Sovereingty and Softened Hearts

As told by John Barros:

Today was one of the most amazing days I have ever seen. The Lord did something I never thought I would ever experience.

Domonique came down to serve for the first time. She had been following Jeff Durbin and ENDABORTIONNOW.COM. She made contact with me because of the conference. I was going through the rules around here with her as the first people began to arrive. “Helen” came up to the porch. I called out for her to come talk to me and she did. I began to tell her how we could help and God has sent her to hear Him call her to trust Him. She began to become visibly shaken. As we continued to speak, she began to tell us her story.

Helen had been overseas visiting relatives. She didn’t know how it happened but someone slipped something in her drink. She woke up somewhere strange and knew what had happened. She called her husband “Gabriel” and told him. She came back hone and then found out she was pregnant. She didn’t know what to do but decided she needed to abort her baby. She showed up here today at 20 weeks to do just that.

Just as she finished telling us this, Gabriel came out to the sidewalk. I went through the same talk with him. They began to speak to each other in a foreign language. They still were faced with the fact that this was another man’s baby. We spoke about adoption but Helen didn’t know if she could do that after carrying her baby to full term.

The amazing thing is that the longer we spoke the more you could see them soften. We had a time of prayer and then both of them chose life. Helen melted into Domonique’s arms and sobbed. It was so precious.

Then they went back to their car to talk. It seemed like forever and then Gabriel came up. He walked over and asked if he could hug me. It was probably the greatest hug I have ever received. He was sobbing with erratic breathing and said “Our baby will live.” He figured the baby was part of his wife so the baby was his as well. They don’t know if they are going to keep the baby or bless a family but this baby will live. They left and went to A Center For Women.

I can’t go into all the conversations about God’s Sovereignty, if a baby should die for the sins of the father and all that because it would take hours. All I know is there was chaos all about it but Jesus pulled a precious brave selfless couple out of this pit.

I don’t know about you but I have not met a man like Gabriel before. He is an amazing hero to me that showed me a love for his wife I have not seen. Please pray for them.

Another young couple, Alex and Marie, came out. They told us their mind and heart had been changed as well. They thankfully said they were keeping their baby and went to First Life.

So blessed to have Bill, a Deacon from my church, down here today, as well as Mike and Vicki Crotty. Mike is an elder at my church; Vicki is the premier banquet caterer and brought us beef brisket for lunch. Pastor David came down to serve and brought his daughter Dana with him. She is such a blessing and jumped right in. There is so much more to be said but not enough time to type it. Please continue to pray for us down here.

Led to the Slaughter

As told by John Barros:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you combined a full moon, Satanists, and a memorial for the Pulse Nightclub victims? Well it just breaks into all out war. It was so crazy down here today.

The Satanists were hailing Satan and showing their horns along with their vile hearts. People saw no irony at all with the flag at half staff and people wearing Orlando United t-shirts while coming to kill their children as memorial services are going on around the corner.

The irony of OWC putting the flag to half staff in memory of Pulse victims killed around the corner while waiting for another dozen victims to come here

I haven’t seen people quite this angry in a long time. One lady came out and asked Karen to have me stop doing the “funnel thing.”

When the preaching began, some “gnats” came outside. They stood 6 inches from my face screaming and cursing me and God. I always tell people how amazingly fast people bond together in the death of their children. The rest of the people were out back together exchanging phone numbers to meet up for drinks tonight.

There was one turn away today but I don’t know if they just left because of all the craziness. Please pray for them.

Chris is a brave man. Please pray for him and the radio program.

There was an awesome anniversary today. I have now been on the radio here in Orlando twice a month for over two years. I thank God for this station. They are secular but love to have me come down and tell the wonderful things Jesus does down here. I have been able to bring the Visoel many times and is actually the most popular segment they have. It is a tremendous way to bring awareness to this holocaust. Please pray for Chris. I don’t know of another show that does this anywhere. He is a brave man.

Comfort in Loss

As told by John Barros:

Yesterday and today have been fruitful. Four ladies chose life. God moved on some hearts that fought hard and others that were softened quickly.

Today, Beth, Karen, and I were blessed to have some new folks join us. Savannah brought Lani, Nancy, their families, and others from Ascension Presbyterian Church down to serve. They were wonderful and jumped right in. They were able to see the Lord give folks new hearts and they were blessed. They will be coming back. So awesome to see young people down here filled with love for their neighbors.

Sometimes people come here for very sad reasons. This morning, Brandi came down. Beth and Nancy spoke with Brandy and her sister. Brandy’s doctor sent her for a D and C. Her baby had died at 10 weeks. She didn’t want to be here and came out to speak with us several times through the day. Rob showed up to help and Brandy finished and came outside to wait for her sister. She came under conviction and Karen went through the Gospel with her at length. Rob and I were praying and Brandy repented of her sin and committed her life to Christ. It was truly beautiful. Please pray that she goes to Grace Baptist in St. Cloud and meets some of those brothers and sisters. Please also pray that the Lord would comfort her in the loss of her baby.

The Lord is So Good

As told by John Barros:

The Lord is so good. He worked in some amazing ways here today. First thing this morning, Heather came by on her way to work at Choices. She could only stay a short time but jumped right in to help.
A pretty young lady named Maddy pulled up. She rolled down her window and I could see immediately the Lord had been working on her. We talked of how God had her come here to hear that He wanted her to trust him. How he cared enough to follow her all the way down here. The longer we talked the more she would soak in like a sponge. She began to cry with thankful tears and we had a time of prayer. She took the info for A Center For Women and went over there for some help.

Early this morning, a guy came with his wife and 14-year-old stepdaughter. He refused and stood on the sidewalk observing. I thought this guy was going to attempt to do some great bodily harm on me. He was able to see Maddy choose life and that kind of changed things. He just stood there. I introduced myself and he said he was a Christian. He was kind of a smart Alec. His last name was Christian.

I began to preach and he stood around a little bit but thought he didn’t want anyone to think he was with me so he walked across the street and listened. As I was about to end, he came over and sat next to Pastor David who had arrived and began praying. His wife came out to talk with him but he said they had not changed their mind. Then as I was finishing, she walked out with her daughter, looked at me and said “Thank You. We will not be doing this.” Mr. Christian’s eyes got as big as saucers. He looked at me said wow and gave me a thumbs up. I yelled for him to take care of that precious girl and he lifted that thumb about 9 feet in the air. This was so special. I could not believe the Lord had worked in such a way as this. Pastor David Karen and I celebrated God’s goodness.

There was so much going on today. We had another Haitian couple that Karen had to have Mary in West Virginia translate for her on the phone. Fredo translated for a Spanish girl. Pastor H.P P. Was also able to come serve again.

Can’t go into everything today but the Lord brought four ladies to choose life and two turnaways. It was so special.

Today was strange in another way. There were 14 workers here and the lady from AKHA, the medical licensing board, was here for hours. The lady that came is the same one that took James Pendergraft’s medical license. I asked if she was there to close them down. She laughed and said no. I really don’t know what was going on here. Pray it closes for good.

Let’s Get Excited!

As told by John Barros:

Well, like my dear friend Yolie says, “Let’s get excited!” Well I don’t think excited is a big enough word.

I received a text from a precious young lady named Helen last night. She was letting me know that she had her baby boy Jeriel. It was wonderful to speak with her. She spoke of the road that she had been on since the day I met her about eight months ago. I was able to get ahold of some of the ladies in our church and they began immediately to love on Helen.

Helen and Jeriel

Today Heather and I went over to visit and meet that special little boy. Helen spent the afternoon giving us her testimony of what God has done for her. She shared how the day she came to OWC that she wanted her baby out. She said nothing on earth was going to change her mind. She rushed past and went inside. Once inside she found others that said the same thing. They all said “I don’t care what that guy says; I am doing this.”

She wanted to get it done quickly. Then when the preaching started, something changed. I asked her about the instant that things changed because I have had others tell me the same thing.
She said that during the preaching she went from a hard heart of wanting to get this over with, to “I’ve got to get out of here.” She ran outside took the information and then walked the streets of Orlando thinking about how was she going to be able to tell Jeriel’s dad that she wasn’t going to do this.

She went over to Choices and met with Marlyd who counseled her. Then she dropped out of sight until last night.

It was wonderful to hear her speak of the hardships she has had but how God has delivered her out of them.

Today my pastor R.C. Sproul was preaching out of Galatians 4:21 through the end of the chapter. He taught how if you are truly a believer your mother is the Church. Today, the Lord has sent so many to be a mother to Helen and her family. Please pray for her. She wants to be the best mother she can be.

Helen wants to encourage those that stand on sidewalks like this with her story. She would also encourage those that have been thinking about doing it to go because there are many Helen’s out there.

So thankful for Sheryl, Jennifer, Beth, Tina, Yolie, and Heather. Servants in a moment’s notice.

Prayers in the Midst of Uncertainty

As told by John Barros:

It just drives me crazy when I know something is happening but don’t know what it is. I guess it will all be coming out over the weekend.

I received a text today from Kerry the guy that runs these places when I was on my way home. I couldn’t understand it and then he called me. He was so giddy and yelling so much that I couldn’t really understand. After he calmed down a bit he said “You lose, John. The Judge fixed it for us. We will remain open. You will have to keep coming here till you die. We are not going to be going anywhere.” When I asked what happened he said “You will see; it will break on the internet soon.”

I don’t know yet what happened. I don’t know if somehow Pendergraft beat his drug charges or if he beat the health board request to shut them down. Just pray that the Lord would shut his bloody empire down in a way that no one would expect.

Today was pretty awesome though. Three ladies ended up choosing life. Please pray for these ladies.

So Thankful that Matt, Karen, Beth, and Bill came to serve throughout the day. We were also blessed to have Mike Gully drop by on his way to the airport. It was great to see him and he brought Gatorade.😎

Please pray this place would shut down forever